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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
La Jolla Yellows take the title

Bluefin not part of this weekend's tourney
 40-plus team field is expected: You must check-in, with boat, and bluefin will not be part of the event due to the controversy surrounding the Mexican closure on bluefin  

You can still sign up by phone, e-mail or onsite in San Diego ay (limited time)  or Mission Bay Sept. 5 or 6 Friday or Saturday


The deadline for the early bird entry for the drawing of the Furuno unit  that was Friday the 29th at 4 p.m. has passed, with 31teams signed in and more anglers calling after the deadline. . Here is the most current  roster, which was updated as of Tuesday at 3 p.m. You can sign up onsite at check-in, bring cash only for entries and optionals.

NOTE: Bluefin are still not allowed to caught recreationally in Mexican waters. Thus, to avoid controversy at the weigh-in, particularly for the big fish optional, NO BLUEFIN can be weighed in. According to Ken Franke, president of the Sportfishing Association of California (SAC) no written confirmation of the bluefin sport-catch ban being lifted has been received. Thus. WON does not want to be part of any event that might indicate sport caught fish are being allowed or taken in Mexican waters, and there is no ay to accurately determine whether a bluefin came from U.S. waters.

Thus, albacore (not likely), yellowfin and bigeye will be weighed as tuna, and of course, yellowtail. All those species can be fished in Mexican and U.S. waters.

"I don't want to deal with controversy or be cop,Yamaha does not want the controversy nor management at WON,  and I certainly don't want Mexican authorities to think we condone teams fishing for bluefin in their waters as we await written confirmation from CONPESCA," said director Pat McDonell. "The stakes are too high."

Teams can still fish Mexican waters. And there is no penalty for catching bluefin, but we will not weigh in bluefin. 

WNO Gringo
Richard Cooper Racho Cucamonga, CA 50 50
Al Bansley Rancho Cucamonga, CA FREE 0
Dennis Bausley Rancho Cucamonga, CA FREE 0
James Wickland Jamal, CA FREE 0
Scott Nicholas Temecula, CA 50 50
Sean Nicholas Temecula, CA 50 50
Jessee Herrera Riverside, CA 50 50
Jason Allingham Corona, CA FREE 0
Mike Allingham Chula Vista, Ca FREE 0
Andy Moffat Escondido, CA FREE 0
Mark Mangen San Marco, CA FREE 0
Marc Gaskell Ventura, CA 50 50
Bob Hargraves San Diego, CA 50 50
Donna McKee San Diego, CA 50 50
Brent Hargraves San Diego, CA 50 50
Brent Hargraves Jr San Diego, CA 50 50
Chris Wheaton Fullerton, CA 50 50
John Marty Dufek Huntington Beach, CA 50 50
Tom Handzus Stanton, CA FREE 0
Valerie Handzus Stanton, CA FREE 0
Mike Nelson FREE
Robert Cronk FREE
Jeff Setterman Lakeside, CA 50 50
Steve Pearman 50 50
Andrew Deal 831 331-5614 FREE
Lawrence Johnson FREE
Mike Emerton San Diego, CA 50 50
Ashlea Emerton 50 50
Bill Emerton 50 50
Rob Filson Chula Vista, CA FREE 0
Dean Lewis El Cajon, CA FREE 0
Tracy Collins 760 805-2876 FREE
Lenny Webb FREE
Greg Long Redlands, CA  FREE
Gary Judd FREE
Chris Demateis Oceanside, CA FREE 0
Greg Marston FREE 0
Brian Fagan 50 50
Wayne Kotow 858 232-5721 FREE
Mike Smith FREE
Marc Nunes FREE
Patrick King FREE
Anthony Nino 50 50
Doug Gallager 50 50
Steven Crout 50 50
Dave Dawas 50 50
Charles Nino 50 50
Walter Windrum 50 50
Mike Windrum 50 50
John Windrum
David Wilder FREE 0
John Wilder FREE 0
Mel Patten 50 50
Glen Smith FREE
Morice Lopez FREE
Dennis Ogden San Diego, CA 50 50
Randy Ogden 50 50
Jim Dexter 50 50
Don Evans 50 50
Ben Dover 50 50
Lisa Griffith FREE
Kenny Pelant FREE
Neil Barbour Lakeside, CA  FREE
Johnny Tyan El Cajon, CA FREE
Andy Redding Escondido, CA  FREE
Ben Redding Escondido, CA  FREE
Adam Larson 619 665-5668 FREE
Justin Larson FREE
Alejandro G Salazar El Centro, CA FREE
Benny Alejandro El Centro, CA FREE
Julio Persona Hemet, CA  50 50
Tom Donohue Menifee, CA  50 50
Randy Tremblay 50 50
Robert Jones Sam Diego, CA  FREE
Kenny Hasselbar San Diego, CA  FREE
J.J. Woodward San Diego, CA  FREE
Jay Woodward San Diego, CA  FREE

The roster You can still sign in, by calling, e-mailing, or coming to the check-ins on Friday and Saturday. Pay attention to the times of check-in, which is also when you can start fishing from SD Bay or Mission Bay. Miss the check-in periods Friday and Saturday  at Dana Landing and Shelter Island, and you cannot enter. Sign in now to get a spot and you can add team members and pay optionals when you check-in. 

 There's no problem in signing up between now and the end of the signg-in and check-in periods.  You can..

--mail in or FAX the entry form below (number is on the form) and any fee. See the San Clemente address
-- Call Denise at 949-366-0030 ext 25 and give her your information, and then pay by credit card on this website under WON Events (Home Page and scroll down to the Dana link/logo. You do NOT have to do this if you are a Yamaha team with two people. You do have to pay if you are not on a Yamaha powered boat or you have more than two anglers on a Yamaha powered boat. It's pretty simple really, guys. Bottom line,  Denise needs your info, and any money. All new entries or add-ons and $100 optional jackpots for tuna and yellowtail are paid in cash, on site, at the two check-in sites (see below).  Her email is While we will take info on an e-mail or a phone call, due to the volume of calls for this another WON events, we prefer a faxed entry. (again, the number is on the entry form).  
-- If you are not paying an entry fee because you have a Yamaha powered boat and have just two anglers (the first two are free of Yami teams) you can call in the information or fax it it to the phone number on the form, and you are in. If you want to add someone, it's $50 a person, payable by cash at check-in or by credit card (see above) just let Denise know. She is creating the roster that will be in play at checkin and the  event. 

CHECK-IN: On site check-in at S.D. Bay at Shelter Island launch ramp dock (one hour on Friday and one hour on Saturday openly, see schedule) and at Dana Landing at the tent at the front of the market for those who have entered is simple. Bring cash for any entry of anglers or the optionals. No credit cards or checks accepted on site. You MUST sign in.

S.D. BAY OR MISSION BAY: Please know this. The S.D. Bay check-in part of the event is just a courtesy.  The check-in at the north Shelter Island dock (a guy with a clipboard) is shorter both Friday evening and Saturday morning. YOU CAN drive your rig to Dana Landing in Mission Bay, check-in or signing or add optionals etc and get goodie bags  and then proceed to S.D. Bay. All weigh-ins are at Dana, and all weigh-in at Dana MUST BE BY FLOATING BOAT. You cannot trailer your fish to Dana from S.D. Bay. 

Some options and info on that….Check-in at  Shelter Island launch basin in S.D. Bay runs ONE HOUR,. 8 to 9 p.m. Friday, or ONE HOUR on Saturday 5 to 6 a.m., Checkin at  tourney headquarters at Mission Bay’s Dana Landing is much longer, six hours, this Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. or ONE HOUR Saturday morning 5 to 6 a.m. NO EXCEPTIONS. 

Check-in Options: That said, you can drive your rig to MB and sign in as a team, add anglers and pay optionals and/or check-in and then launch at SD Bay. (You can obviously run to Dana Landing by boat, as well, to sign in and check-in). But all weigh-ins are by BOAT at Dana. Do NOT drive your boat/trailer rig with fish from SD BAY over to Mission Bay to weigh them. You must bring fish tot he weigh-in by boat only.  
Option 2: You can drop off someone at the S.D. ramp and have them bring the trailer over to Dana to pickup the boat after you weigh-in. A good option to consider  as Dana Landing slips and side-ties even for a few hours are first come/first serves and are very limited. 

Any questions, email Pat McDonell at 

To signup on line CLICK HERE

Mission Bay yellowtail, tuna jackpot tourney Sept. 5-6

THE DANA LANDING Fuel Dock, Launch ramp, Market, deli and tackle shop — parking is convenient just off I-5, near Sea World and the Dana Inn next door.

EVERY ANGLER GETS a Yamaha hat, a chicken BBQ, a high quality Dana Landing shirt (that fits!), a drawing prize and a chance to win $2,500, plus more money if they enter the big tuna yellowtail $100 optionals.

The weekend after Labor Day, Sept. 5 and 6, is when the Yamaha Dana Landing Jackpot is slated with a special bonus for all Yamaha-powered teams: a free entry for two; also, you have a choice of launching at Shelter Island or Mission Bay with weigh-in and awards at Dana Landing.

MISSION BAY – Back for a second year, the Dana Landing Jackpot sponsored by Yamaha Outboards has some pretty enticing reasons to enter, so save the date.

“The tourney comes at a fantastic time of year, the week after Labor Day, and smack dab in in the middle of the best fishing season for yellows and tuna in years,” said director Pat McDonell. “Last year the opinion was that to win you had go far. Real far, to get that one big fish. This year the rules are changed. You weigh in THREE fish, any three yellows or tuna – not a single biggest fish, to place in the first three spots for $2,500 in prize money and sponsor’s prizes.

He added, “Best of all, Mexico is not needed this year for the event with all the FMM business. The fish are CLOSE. So, there’s less fuel, and great fishing just a few miles off the coast. This year, every team has a shot at winning.”

There’s another thing to consider. Big boats and teams are on a level playing field. Those big bluefin under the pens last year? Forget it. That fishery is off-limits, even though people are still fishing for them. But we will enforce that bluefin fishery closure if it it still in effect. We are still awaiting written confirmation as of Aug. 22. If we have confirmation from the Mexican government through our Sportfishing Association of California (SAC) that bluefin can be fished we will let team,s know asap or at least at check-in, but as of now, you cannot fish for bluefin in Mexican waters and weigh those fish for the tourney. Be prepared to show us your electronics and your nav tracks for the trip." 

So let’s look at the tourney, and some reasons why you should fish it out of Dana Landing in Mission Bay/San Diego on  Sept. 5-6.

— No. 1, it’s very inexpensive to enter, just $50 a person, and that’s fully half of what it costs for the white seabass event in Catalina, and even better for Yamaha owners. Why, if you fish on a Yamaha powered boat, the first two individual entries are free. It costs nothing for a two-person to enter.”

—Why enter it? Aside from the great tuna and yellowtail fishing just outside Mission Bay, why should a bunch of people enter the event? Well, if you are going to fish anyway, this a helluva tourney to participate in for a number of reasons. Keep in mind, we are not penalizing anglers who do not have a Yamaha powered boat. We are just rewarding those who do.

— That $50 fee per person is cheap, if you have to pay it because you are not fishing on a Yamaha powered boat, yet there is a guaranteed first place payout of $2,000. Second place pays $300, third $200, but those amounts are bulked up by some great sponsors prizes for second and third.

— As mentioned, if you are fishing on a Yamaha powered boat, the entry is free for up to two anglers on the team. Any additional team members pay the usual $50.

— There is no limit on the number of anglers on a boat, but all people on the boat must enter at $50, even if it is a chartered boat. Last year three charterboats competed at the last minute. A fun added value for the passengers on the charter. We don’t care. The tourney can be fished on a cattle boat, but everyone must be entered, including crew. No exceptions.

— Tourney add-ons: If you are fishing another tourney, any tourney, you can fish this tournament concurrently. "I don't know of any, however," said McDonell. 

— S.D. Bay or Mission Bay. Your choice. Teams can check in at Dana Landing Market and fuel dock in Mission Bay, or Shelter Island in San Diego Bay at the launch ramp the night before so they don’t have to backtrack to Mission Bay,” said tourney director McDonell. “I would caution the window to check-in at Shelter Island basin at the launch ramp is much shorter than Mission Bay, 8-9 p.m. on Friday and 5 to 6 a.m. on Saturday. “Of course, the weigh-in and awards are both at Dana Landing Fuel Dock and Market. Figure out which is best for you to start from. If you fishing on a trailerboat, I would leave from Dana Landing in Mission Bay. If your boat is in a slip in S.D. Bay, it depends on where you are fishing. Come north, check in, get supplies and head offshore to La Jolla.

By far, Dana Landing Market and Fuel Dock is the best one-stop trailerboat facility on the coast,” said McDonell. “Fuel, food, free launching and parking, all right next to a great bayfront hotel. You just can’t beat it. Teams from S.D. Bay who weigh-in on Saturday afternoon and stay for the awards will have some dock room, but it’s first come-first served basis. Unless we have a ton of boats from S.D. Bay looking for a slip or tie-up, I see no big issues. The weigh-in and awards will be quick, a few hours.”

— Optional Money: At this time, there are $100 tuna and $100 yellowtail optionals for biggest individual fish. 80 percent payback. 

— The weigh-in held over two hours at Dana Landing in late afternoon. is for yellowtail or tuna, in a three fish aggregate, so you can weigh all 3 tuna, all 3 yellows or a combination of two yellows and a tuna or two tuna and a yellowtail. If you are in the optional for tuna or yellowtail or both, that biggest fish is your entry. Simple.

— Exciting weigh-in: This year, instead of using the dock, teams will bring fish up the ramp in carts to where the crowd awaits in front of the Dana Landing Market. “What a great venue for the weigh-in. I am building a temporary weigh scale and people can watch the whole weigh-in unfold, and hear the teams being interviewed on a microphone, just like at the Cabo Tuna Jackpot. We expect a fun crowd as the fish are brought up. The market is right there, with food, beer, seating and more, so kick back and wait for the winners to weigh in.”

— Prizes: The $50 entry fee includes a goodie bag of hooks, a Yamaha hat, a Dana Landing shirt, a BBQ dinner after weigh-in and a ticket for drawings for prizes that include 11 Avet reels, Seaguar fluoro coils, four Cousins rods, six pairs of Costas, Terrafin memberships, Plano tackle boxes and Plano travel tubes, and more.

— Be a part of the radio broadcast: Phil Friedman of will be there again to do a live radio web show ( at weigh-in and that guy makes everything exciting.

— Early Bird Prize: Teams that sign up a week before by Aug. 29 are eligible for the drawing for the $900 value Furuno 1870 video GPS/Fishfinder with C-Map card for the SoCal coast. That deadline has passed, and just over 30 teams are eligible. The individual anglers are pre- entered. Each pre-entered angler has an index ticket with their name on it. The unit goes to ONE angler. Winner MUST BE PRESENT, or we draw again.


To signup on line CLICK HERE or call tourney director Pat McDonell for details at (949) 366-0030 ext. 33 or

THE ANGLER MANAGEMENT team that won the inaugural event last year. This year yellowtail and tuna are eligible species for the overall payday, with a three-fish aggregate, and two Big Fish optionals of $100 for yellowtail and tuna. Got a Yami to fish with, the two entries are free for your team!

Schedule for Yamaha Dana Landing Jackpot

When: WON/Yamaha Dana Landing Jackpot is Friday, Sept. 5-6.

Where: Dana Landing Market, Tackle and Fuel Dock , Mission Bay.

Check-in: Shelter Island launch basin in S.D. Bay 8 to 9 p.m. Friday, or Saturday 5 to 6 a.m., or at tourney headquarters at Mission Bay’s Dana Landing Friday 4 to 10 p.m. or Saturday morning 5 to 6 a.m. NO EXCEPTIONS.  You can drive your rig to MB and sign in and/or check-in and then launch at SD Bay. But all weigh-ins are by BOAT at Dana. Do NOT drive your fish from SD BAY to Mission Bay to weigh them. By boat only. NOTE!!!!!You can drop off someone at the S.D. ramp and have them bring the trailer over to Dana to pickup the boat after you weigh-in. A good option as Dana Landing slips and side-ties even for a few hours are first come/first serves and are limited. 

Fishing: From check-in (Friday or Saturday, SD or MB) to weigh-in at Dana Landing Market 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Weigh-in: The exciting weigh-in at the Dana Landing Market on Saturday is from 4 to 6 p.m.

Awards and Drawings: Barbecue begins: 6 p.m. Yamaha awards to follow at 6:30.

Here is a direct link for the Yamaha-Dana Landing supplement on our server:

Want to enter the Dana Landing Jackpot?

If you run a Yamaha powered boat, it might cost you nothing to enter;

If we told you could fish in a inshore/offshore yellowtail and tuna tournament, get free goodie bag gifts, have a chance to win $2,000, $300 or $200, get a hats, t-shirt , win a drawing prize, have a BBQ dinner by Mission Bay and it would cost you nothing, would you enter?

You likely couldn’t pass it up. could you? It’s like going fishing with extra benefits. Why not? The second annual WON/Yamaha Dana Landing Jackpot is Sept. 5-6. and to make it even more convenient, you can leave from Shelter Island in S.D. Bay or at tourney headquarters at Mission Bay’s Dana Landing Friday 4 to 10 p.m. or Saturday morning 5 to 6 a.m.. The exciting weigh-in at the Dana Landing Market on Saturday will be for up to three fish, an 3 tuna or yellowtail determines the winner. Awards and drawings and BBQ to follow. There’s also $100 single big fish optionals for tuna and yellowtail if you choose to enter on site. You can pay those optional by cash only on site. No cards, please.

DON’T MISS THE Aug, 29 deadline to be eligible for the drawing for the Furuno unit!

If you want to sign up, you can go to and go to WON events and sign up with a credit card (if you have to pay any money, as some teams with Yamaha outboards do not) , The easiest way is to pay by mailed personal check and include the entry form that is part of this special preview supplement, and make the check made out to Western Outdoors,. Mail it to WON/Dana Landing Tourney, 901 Calle Amanacer, Suite 300, San Clemente CA 92673.

If you sign up with a credit card, remember two things: You must send in by fax or mail an entry form with team members names whether you pay any money or not. The fax number is (949) 366-0804. Attention Denise C. If you have questions about your entry, call Denise at (949) 366-0256, ext 25. For tourney or schedule questions, call tourney director Pat McDonell at that same number, ext 33. Leave a message and he will call you back right away.

If you have two anglers and fish with Yamaha main power source, all we need is basic angler info. It’s free for the first two teammates, $50 for any more than that. If you are not on a Yamaha boat, it’s $50 an angler. All people on a boat must be a team member and be registered. No exceptions, which includes charterboats.

So, as an example, if you have a Yami on the back of your boat, and you have three people on your team, you pay $50 plus any optional money. If you are on a diesel powered boat, or a six-pack, or any non-Yamaha boat, and you have four anglers, you pay $200. If you are on a charterboat with two crew and six anglers, the fee is $400. Plus optionals.

See you there!

Rules of the Yamaha Dana Landing Jackpot

It is the sole responsibility of the participating anglers, captains and crews to know and abide by the tournament's rules. By entering the 2014 Dana Landing Jackpot they acknowledge such and agree to all rules.

Bluefin are not a weighable fish. Eligible tuna are bigeye, yellowfin and albacore. 

There is no limit to the number of anglers, but there is a minimum, two anglers. All anglers on any competing boat must be signed in, and paid for as an entry.

All participants must possess a valid U.S. and Mexican fishing license. If you do not plan to fish Mexican waters, you do not, obviously, need a Mexican license or FMM.

There is no limit or restriction on bait.

The official channel is 72. There is no obligation to report catches.

No bluefin may be taken in Mexican waters unless we get the go-ahead. We will post that info if we get it. There is no such recreational restriction in U.S waters.

Any boat deemed operating in an unsafe manner will be disqualified.

Teams must weigh in between 4 and 6 p.m. at Dana landing.You must reach the Dana Landing area and be in line at the ramp with your fish by 6 p.m. to be eligible to weigh-in. We will weigh all fish that are in line by 6 p.m.

The overall winners are determined by a composite of any three tuna or yellowtail. Teams must decide which three fish to bring to the scale. If a team is in a big fish optional, the largest of that species brought to the scale and weighed will be chosen. (As such, if a team is in the yellowtail optional, they could bring in three tuna for the overall, and bring a yellowtail for that $100 Big Fish optional.

It is the responsibility of the team to decide which fish to weigh prior to docking at the weigh area. Under the current weigh rules, the maximum number of fish that can be brought up the ramp to the scale area is four fish, and only if a team is in the optionals. If you are not in the optionals, only three fish can be brought to the scales.

Up to two anglers on a main-Yamaha powered boat do not have to pay the $50 individual entry fee. All others, on boats with Yamahas or not, must pay $50. Six pack and charter captains must pay the entry fee. No exceptions. No fish will be weighed in unless all anglers are registered as team members and have paid their fee.

Any team that has a non-entrant on board and weighs in fish, and is discovered, will be DQ’d.

All teams must check in with tourney staff at S.D. Bay or Mission Bay. They can then begin fishing at any time.

First place overall (3 fish max aggregate) pays $2,000, second $300 and third place $200. Optionals paid in are paid out at 80 percent.

If no one catches a yellowtail or tuna in those optionals, the money, minus 20 percent, is refunded to the teams by check.

In the event of a tie in any overall or optional pool, a coin toss by the tournament director will determine the winner if there are only two teams tied. More than two teams tying will result in a drawing among those eams.

Mutilated fish will not be weighed in. The tournament director will make the final decision, with no protests allowed since it is a visual judgment call.

Any team or individual receiving monetary winnings is required to provide to Western Outdoors Publications a social security number and a current address. A signature will additionally be required for receipt and acknowledgment of winnings. Team captains of teams that win money will be required to meet WON staff at to apply for their winnings which will be sent by check via mail within a week after the event.

All decisions by the tournament directors and advisory board are final.

All monetary winners
will be subject to a lie detector test at the discretion of the tournament directors. If any angler declines to be tested, his team is automatically disqualified from receiving any monetary awards. The lie detector test will be used as one of, but not the sole, determining factor in any decision by the tournament directors and the advisory board.

The tournament director reserves the right to alter starting and finishing times to coincide with weather, tides and probability of better fishing conditions.

All verbal protests and supporting evidence must be presented to the tournament director immediately upon returning to Mission Bay, followed by a written protest no more than 30 minutes after the verbal protest.

Any verbal or physical abuse or threats from entrants toward Jackpot staff is cause for a team's disqualification.

WON reserves the right to deny any teams' or individual's entry. Also note that the above rules are subject to change prior to the event.

Teams which weigh in fish cannot continue to fish that day. All boats that weigh in fish the first day are subject to a thorough boat inspection at the dock by a tournament staffer.


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